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fication of the poet with other times and characters,
in which Scott is second only to Shakespeare. 248 ccix Bonnivard, a Genevese, was imprisoned by the Duke
of Savoy in Chillon on the lake of Geneva for his courageous defence of his country against the tyranny with which Piedmont threatened it during the first half of the seventeenth century. - This noble Sonnet is worthy to stand near Milton's on the Vaudois mas
Switzerland was usurped by the French under Napo
leon in 1800 : Venice in 1797 (ccxı). 252 ccxv This battle was fought Dec. 2, 1800, between the
Austrians under Archduke John and the French under Moreau, in a forest near Munich. Hohen Linden
means High Limetrees. 257 ccxviii After the capture of Madrid by Napoleon, Sir J.
Moore retreated before Soult and Ney to Corunna, and was killed whilst covering the embarcation of his troops. His tomb, built by Ney, bears this inscription : 'John Moore, leader of the English armies, slain in
battle, 1809.' 272 ccxxix The Mermaid was the club-house of Shakespeare,
Ben Jonson, and other choice spirits of that age. 273 ccxxx Maisie : Mary. Scott has given us nothing more Page No. 280 ccxxxv Two intermediate stanzas have been here omitted.
complete and lovely than this little song, which unites simplicity and dramatic power to a wildwood music of the rarest quality. No moral is drawn, far less any conscious analysis of feeling attempted : the pathetic meaning is left to be suggested by the mere presentment of the situation. Inexperienced critics have often named this, which may be called the Homeric manner, superficial, from its apparent simple facility : but first-rate excellence in it (as shown here, in cxcvi, CLVI, and cxxix) is in truth one of the least common triumphs of Poetry. — This style should be compared with what is not less perfect in its way, the searching out of inner feelings, the expression of hidden meanings, the revelation of the heart of Nature and of the Soul within the Soul, — the Analytical method, in short, – most completely represented by Wordsworth
and by Shelley. 280 ccXXXIV correi: covert on a hillside. Cumber: trouble.
They are very ingenious, but, of all poetical qualities,
ingenuity is least in accordance with pathos. 295 ccxlm This poem has an exaltation and a glory, joined
with an exquisiteness of expression, which place it in the highest rank amongst the many masterpieces
of its illustrious Author. 306 cclii interlunar swoon : interval of the Moon's invisibility. 313 cclvi Calpe : Gibraltar. Lofoden : the Maelstrom whirl
pool off the N.W. coast of Norway. 315 cclvii This lovely poem refers here and there to a ballad by
Hamilton on the subject better treated in cxxvii and
CXXVIII. 330 CCLXVIII Arcturi: seemingly used for northern stars.
And wild roses &c. Our language has no line modulated with more subtle sweetness. A good poet might have written And roses wild : yet this slight change would disenchant the verse of its peculiar
beauty. 334 CCLXX Ceres' daughter: Proserpine. God of Torment:
rapt imaginations, and is the direct modern represent-
ship of Nature. 345 cclxxiv The leading idea of this beautiful description of a
day's landscape in Italy is expressed with an obscurity not unfrequent with its author. It appears to be, – On the voyage of life are many moments of pleasure, given by the sight of Nature, who has power to heal
even the worldliness and the uncharity of man. 347
1. 4 Amphitrite was daughter to Ocean.
See the Note on No. IX. 351 CCLXXV l. 21 Maenad: a frenzied Nymph, attendant on
Dionysus in the Greek mythology.
of the land, and hence with the winds which affect
them. 353 CCLxxvi Written soon after the death, by shipwreck, of
Wordsworth's brother John. This Poem should be compared with Shelley's following it. Each is the most complete expression of the innermost spirit of his art given by these great Poets :-of that Idea which, as in the case of the true Painter, (to quote the words of Reynolds,) 'subsists only in the mind : The sight never beheld it, nor has the hand expressed it; it is an idea residing in the breast of the artist, which he is always labouring to impart, and which he dies at last
without imparting.' 355
the Kind: the human race. 356 CCLXXVIII Proteus represented the everlasting changes, unit.
ed with ever-recurrent sameness, of the Sea. 357 CCLxxix the royal Saint: Henry VI.
INDEX OF WRITERS
WITH DATES OF BIRTH AND DEATH
ALEXANDER, William (1580-1640), XXII
Bacon, Francis (1561 – 1626), LVII
CXLVIII, CXLIX, CL, CLI, CLIII, CLV, CLVI
cxc, ccii, ccix, CCXXII, CCXXXII
Campbell, Thomas (1777 – 1844), CLXXXI, CLXXXIII, CLXXXVII,
CXCVII, CCVI, CCVII, ccXV, CCLVI, CCLXII, CCLXVII, CCLXXXIII
CRASHAW, Richard (1615 ?- 1652), LXXIX
DANIEL, Samuel (1562 – 1619), xxxv
Elliott, Jane (18th Century), cXXVI
FLETCHER, John (1576 - 1625), civ
Gay, John (1688 -- 1732), cxxx
CXLVII, CLVIII, CLIX
Herbert, George (1593 – 1632), LXXIV
XCVI, cix, CX
· Jonson, Ben (1574 – 1637), LXXIII, LXXVIII, XC
Keats, John (1795–1821), CLXVI, CLXVII, CXCI, CXCIII, CXCVIII,
CXCIX, CCXXIX, CCXLIV, CCLV, CCLXX, CCLXXXIV
LAMB, Charles (1775-1835), ccxx, CCXXXIII, CCXXXVII
Marlowe, Christopher (1562-1593), v
LXXVII, LXXXV, CXII, CXIII, CXV
NAIRN, Carolina (1766-1845), CLVII
Philips, Ambrose (1671- 1749), CXXI
ROGERS, Samuel (1762 – 1855), cxxxv, CXLV